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Jan 28, 2013 2:34am
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Years ago there was a television series called Kung Fu which took place in the
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master and try and snatch a pebble from his hand. If he was successful, it was
time for him to lead. If he wasnt, he would have to stay in the village for more
tutoring. At the risk of dating myself, I bring this up because there is a very
interesting match up that has developed at the quarterback position between the
East and the West divisions in the CFL this year. In the East you have the
masters. Veterans led by Anthony Calvillo in Montreal, who along with Henry
Burris in Hamilton, Ricky Ray in Toronto and Buck Pierce in Winnipeg, have a
combined 606 starts under their belts. Compare that to the “Grasshoppers” in the
West, the likes of Travis Lulay in B.C., Darian Durant in Saskatchewan, Drew
Tate in Calgary, and Steven Jyles in Edmonton (we will go with Jyles at this
point even though that may not be a done deal just yet) who have started a total
of 106 games combined. That is a difference of 500 more starts for the veterans
in the East versus the young guns in the West. A further examination of the
numbers really shows just how much more experience the QBs in the East have over
their young counterparts. For instance, Anthony Calvillo alone has 154 wins as a
starting quarterback, which is exactly 103 wins more than the West combined. The
average age in the East is 34.5 years old with all four starters over the age of
thirty, compared to the combined average age of the West at 28.3 with all four
starters south of thirty. That 6.2 year difference may not seem like a lot, but
when you throw in the fact that the Eastern quarterbacks have thrown for 790
more touchdowns, and have passed for about 127 kilometers more than the West,
you get the idea of just how much of a discrepancy there is between the two
divisions with regards to experience. Over their careers the Eastern veterans
combined have completed exactly 10,368 more passes in live game action, than the
Western division starters. However, before the numbers lead anyone to assume
that the overwhelming edge in experience automatically means that the East will
dominate this year, remember that the reigning Most Outstanding Player of the
league, who led the Lions to a Grey Cup championship, is one of those Western
young guns in Travis Lulay. Despite the fact that Lulay has just 27 total starts
in his career, which is 226 less than league leader Anthony Calvillo, he was
just 403 yards behind the Als vet, and closing fast at the end of the regular
season last year. You could say based on last year that Lulay has a pebble in
his pocket already. It should also be pointed out that Darian Durant in
Saskatchewan may have just 57 starts in his career, but in his first two seasons
as a starter led the Riders to the Grey Cup game both years. The more
experienced Calvillo won the match up in both of those years vs. Durant, and you
could make the argument that the edge in experience was a factor in those wins.
However, as we look forward to the 2012 season that experience doesnt
necessarily guarantee success. For every athlete there is a small window where
youth and experience mesh perfectly, however, that window can close quickly
where there becomes a fine line between being experienced and being, “over the
hill.” The masters in the East say they feel great physically, and cant wait to
kick things off. The grasshoppers in the West say they have fresh legs, and are
ready to take a run at the Cup. So as we get ready to kick off the 2012 regular
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pregame introductions in front of fans who gave him a standing ovation before
his first basket for the Los Angeles Lakers. “I actually shed a couple of
tears,” Howard said. “During the starting lineups, one of my teammates caught
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its a very humbling experience.” Howard had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four
blocked shots in his Lakers debut, but Los Angeles still dropped to 0-6 in the
preseason when DeMarcus Cousins rallied the Sacramento Kings to a 99-92 victory
on Sunday night. The loss was secondary to the Lakers, who finally unveiled
their new franchise centre after Howard sat out the first five preseason games
while exercising caution with his recovery. The six-time All-Star played 33
minutes and made five of Los Angeles 22 turnovers against the Kings, fighting
his game rust with energy from the opening tip. The experience might have been
overwhelming at first, but Howard quickly settled in for the Los Angeles
starting fives first playing time together. It wasnt perfect, but it showed
formidable promise for the long season ahead. “We lost the game, but theres a
lot of bright spots out there, and were going to continue to get better,” Howard
said. “Were going to get our timing down and start reading each other a little
better, but right now were early in the process.” Kobe Bryant scored 21 points
as the Lakers starters played down the stretch of a tight game against the
Kings, who finished the game with 10 unanswered points. After Cousins, who
scored 16 points, put the Kings ahead with consecutive layups in the final
moments, Bryant and Steve Nash missed late shots as Sacramento (4-1) hung on
with a lineup mostly consisting of reserves against the Lakers starters. “Our
rhythm is already there,” Bryant said. “Its just about the little nuances, a few
of our plays. ... Weve done it in practice, and I think it was exciting to show
the fans what kind of potential we have. I think were a little ahead of the
curve.” Los Angeles starting five played together for four significant stretches
and fairly brimmed with potential. With Howard and Bryant already playing weell
off each other, the Lakers finished the second quarter with a slick 18-4 run
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herniated disc. Los Angeles finally ended his protracted departure from Orlando
in August, trading All-Star centre Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia in the four-team
deal. “I just never thought this would happen, me being in L.A.,” Howard said.
Not many superstars get hazed in the preseason, but the Lakers did it to Howard
before warm-ups. They put Howard at the front of the line to run on the court—
and then everybody stayed in the tunnel while Howard ran onto the court by
himself, getting a huge ovation and a laugh. Nash pulled the prank spontaneously
when he saw Howard leading the lineup. “I just grabbed Pau and held him,” the
two-time MVP said with a grin. Howard and Nash both got loud ovations from the
packed Staples Center stands during introductions, although the biggest cheers
were reserved for Kobe. Howard immediately made an impact, getting an assist on
Bryants 3-pointer on the Lakers first possession. Howard then threw down a
delicate two-handed dunk on the Lakers second possession with an alley-oop pass
from Gasol—a sight that might be awfully common this season. Not everything
went well: Kings rookie Thomas Robinson posterized Howard with a breathtaking,
one-handed putback dunk while flying above the veteran. “You could tell his
timing was off a little bit at times,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said. “A couple
of times where he would have blocked a shot, he was maybe half a step late.
Overall, he looked good.” With all five starters on the floor for the final
minutes, Los Angeles took the lead on Metta World Peaces off-balance 3-pointers
and led 92-89 before Cousins baskets. Nash then missed a runner in the lane with
21 seconds to play, and Jimmer Fredette and Thornton made two free throws apiece
surrounding Bryants miss on an off-balance 3-pointer. Aaron Brooks scored 16
points and Marcus Thornton had 15 for the Kings, who beat the Lakers 103-98 in
Las Vegas on Friday night. The teams meet yet again in San Diego on Thursday.
“Youve just got to make them work,” Sacramentos Chuck Hayes said of playing
against Howard and Gasol at the same time. “Theyre like the Avengers out there.
Theyre huge. Youve got to keep fighting and make it hard for them every
possession.” ’ ’ ’ 

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